Harmonium, Ding an sich, Capo,
Caesura, Herculaneum, Albritton (for John Koethe),
Lovage, Claritin, Deus ex Machina,
Proscenium, Tympanum, Hap, Emporium,
Rose Water, Rigid Designator, Haroosh, Polymorphism,
Likeness (for Paul North), Ergonomics, Omnium Gatherum,
Dickinsonium, Duration, Feldman,
Petitio Principii, Delerium, Nature Morte,
Lament (for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías), Alexandrine, Impasto,
Aspen, Sub Rosa, Pandemonium,
Cadmium Red light, Nostrum, Heartsease,
Pericardium, Resurrectine, Eau de Vie.
Etude for Miles Champion
Not the wandering kind
person to person
to strew lives to pirates
along the lines of Chopin
if you don't count valve years.
As scrupulous visionary. Regards
to form blocks.
And blood in French
fold their love so
years to ones that end.
crawl inches actionable.
For the glycerine stow
flag of tops
and jeweled periodicity.
From the Italian
Mentalese O divided
love of things—your
soil frame for example in the room
for the slow passage.
Since outwardness plays
right field and the
emotions of small city streets, green and talkative
until they coast.
A Stanza for Bob Hershon
Rangy as starters or the sliver buildings pinned to the
sidewalk near Central Park South,
playing the bass clarinet,
with no climbing June or envelopes besieged by business forces,
including the turning points attached to or abutting time's
and its on-again, off-again transposition to space.
Try squeezing it into a Concord grape. There's your wine-
—I did that already!
Even when I try not to think of you
it's as though your being for want of a better word
is pushed out to the tips of my fingers.
Sandwiched, to put it another way, between hope and what is
I would like to write a song in detective style,
how procedure plays in along with legwork and the shattered
as a result of the war felt if not quite experienced,
the difficult air and feelings holding on.
Maybe—maybe you're the one driving the Land Rover Defender
over the narrow bridge. It looks like you.
Air and a sweep. In sum: the parietal lobe
but also those doing the talking (and fishtailing),
from early avatars to present-day wing motifs.